I’ve lived in my condo in Playa del Rey for 20 years. One day, as I stood on my porch, ready to begin my uphill/ downhill walk, I looked far in the distance and saw two turquoise towers poking out among the shades of white and grey and beige houses. At that moment It struck … More Color
Sitting alone. In my mind I am in a garden in Massachusetts, several years ago. The sun is warm, the air is heavy, and the birds pierce the quiet. I have seen the writing on the wall from the beginning. He showed us who he is, like a blinking sign in the night. I could … More When you have nothing to say…
My Labor Day celebration today will be to stay in my home all day. No picnics, no plans, other than digging into the pile of books and magazines that have piled up next to my bed. I am retired, and yet I work. I work for love. I watch my grandkids, and find time for … More Labor Day, 2019
We have to “connect the dots,” and when we are faced with a roadblock, healthy people pivot. I loved teaching preschool. I was the teacher/director of a parent participation nursery school, a position that combined my loves of working with young children and serving as a guide for parents as they increased their skills as … More Who if not us?
“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.” ― Loris Malaguzzi Darla Conkey Meyers is a humble genius, preferring to bring the totality of her own creativity and understanding young children to cultivate the … More Teaching from the Heart: Darla Conkey Myers and Reggio Emilia.
“Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.”–Dr. Jane Goodall As educators we know that the true name of the animal in the title of this essay is “sea star,” and most … More It matters to the starfish…
Growing up in Los Angeles, where the weather is great all year, one takes the natural abundance of fruit and vegetables for granted. You might think that a garden is an extravagance, particularly if you are a school or if you lack a green thumb. The reality is that as parents and educators we would … More Can you afford not to have a garden?